Pat Cash tips Ashleigh Barty for Wimbledon success
‘She will be a real threat’: Pat Cash tips Ashleigh Barty for Wimbledon success as French Open champion plans to enjoy triumph with golf at the Belfry
- Ashleigh Barty won French Open final by beating Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3
- The Australian will now spend time with her family playing golf at the Belfry
- Compatriot Pat Cash tipped Barty to go on and achieve success at Wimbledon
Ash Barty is planning to relax with some golf in the Midlands with the possibility of meeting up with her British relatives in the wake of her French Open triumph on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Australian plans to stride the fairways of the Belfry as she recharges from her exploits at Roland Garros that were missed by her parents, who arrived in the UK on the morning of the final and headed straight up north rather than divert to Paris.
Barty’s mother Josie has British parentage: ‘They were with family. I have some great aunts and uncles in Nottingham. They were with them at their place all glued to the TV,’ said the new champion.
Ashleigh Barty beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win her first Grand Slam at French Open
As she ascends to the world No 2 position, her fellow Australian Pat Cash believes that she can emulate him in becoming a Wimbledon singles champion.
‘She hasn’t been that successful yet in singles yet, but there’s no reason she shouldn’t be. She got the final of the (2013) doubles,’ he said.
‘Her serve has significantly improved in the past three to six months. The sliced backhand is very effective on the grass. She’s the best volleyer on tour. She has a grass-court game – clay is her worst surface so it looks pretty good for her!
‘She’s a great athlete, lightning quick and very balanced, so I think she will be a real threat at Wimbledon and the next few Slams.’
Following her maiden title, compatriot Pat Cash believes Barty can also win Wimbledon
Pat Cash has been in Paris and was courtside to watch Barty’s maiden Grand Slam title win
Barty is expected to play at Birmingham and Eastbourne before SW19 and recalled how she made her return to tennis on the south coast in 2016 after an 18-month sabbatical in which she played cricket.
‘I was very nervous. I only got in the draw because it wasn’t full in qualifying,’ she said.
‘My routines and my habits came back very quickly. I remember at the end of the week my body was shot. I wasn’t used to playing matches again. I played some pretty good tennis considering it was my first matches back. It feels like yesterday.’
After a night of celebrations at an Italian restaurant in Paris Barty – who while waiting for Saturday’s delayed final to start played indoor cricket in the Roland Garros gym – had to abandon plans to watch Australia at the Oval on Sunday.
‘I sent JL [Justin Langer] a quick message saying I would have loved to have been there,’ she said. ‘ It was really nice to hear from them as well. I’ll be glued to the TV and I will make sure I see it.’
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